New Student Enrollment Checklist

Welcome future RMU Colonial!

In order to make your transition to Robert Morris University as simple as possible, we've created this handy online checklist for you to use as you go through the Student Enrollment Process. The following list is a step-by-step process for everything you need to do prior to your arrival here in August. Please pay special attention to the deadlines associated with each step. It is extremely important that you complete all of these steps!

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to call your admissions counselor at 800-762-0097. We are here to help.

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Step 1: File your FAFSA online (Recommended)

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, is used to determine your eligibility for grants, need-based scholarships, loans and work-study programs. The FAFSA becomes available each year on October 1 (will open in December 2023 for the 2024-25 school year) and the Pennsylvania state deadline to complete the FAFSA is May 1. Even if you don’t believe you will qualify for any aid, it is usually still worth submitting your FAFSA for a variety of reasons.

File Your FAFSA


Step 1: Set up your Sentry Secured Account (Required)

Click on “Activate Account” in the Sentry Secured Services box on the right side of the screen. You can access the information you need to activate your account (if you don’t already have it) via your admissions portal. You’ll need to complete this step before moving on to anything else on the RMU website.

Go to Sentry Secured Go to Admissions Portal

Step 2: Submit your $500 enrollment deposit (Required)

You must have your RMU account log-in information to access the deposit payment screens.

Submit Your Deposit

Step 3: Complete your housing contract or residency waiver (Required)

You will receive an email to your personal email address if admitted as a resident student once the housing contract is open and ready for submission. The housing contact usually opens in mid-February.

Residents: Complete your online housing contract

Commuters: Complete your residency waiver

Housing Contract Residency Waiver

Step 4: Sign up for a Day One Program (Recommended)

In order to prepare for the upcoming academic year, you are encouraged to attend one of our Day One programs, which feature a variety of amazing opportunities for both student and parent(s). These events will help you get ready for your time as a Colonial and during the event you will get your fall course schedule, your student ID photo taken, and take part in interactive sessions with our campus experts.

  • Dates will be announced soon. Keep an eye out for more information.


Step 1: Mark your calendars for New Student Orientation: August 22-25 (Recommended)

New Student Orientation will be held August 22-25, 2024.

Look out for more information in early 2024!

Step 2: Upload your photo for your RMU student ID (Required)

Your RMU ID Card is the tool that every student, faculty and staff member needs on their first day. Submit your photo to us in advance and allow us to prepare your RMU ID Card for you! Online photo submission is quick and easy.

Access your online photo submission here:

Step 3: Complete your university release form (Recommended)

The release form is an important step in authorizing (parents or another guest) to receive your semester invoices and access to financial information.

University Release Form

Step 4: Visit the Financial Aid To-Do list (Required)

It is important that you understand your financial aid award package and your next steps prior to invoicing which begins toward the middle of summer.

Financial Aid To-Do List

Step 5: Make an appointment with your physician and have your medical forms completed (Required IF living on campus)

Your health/physical forms are due no later than August 1, 2024.

Student Health Form

Step 6: Register your vehicle and purchasing a parking permit (Optional)

Register your vehicle and purchasing a parking permit (if you plan to have a car on campus or commute).

Available towards the middle of July and only after you are registered for classes.

Purchase Parking Permit

Step 7: Learn about RMU Book Bundle

Learn more about the RMU Book Bundle program and look out for more information on your participation!

RMU Book Bundle


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